Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, just under three-fifths of Computer Hardware Engineers report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $70,495 annually on average. Pay starts at $41,962 and can approach $111,561 per year on the higher side. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$45,731 - $107,176
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MEDIAN: $69,646
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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$7.89 - $40.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,731 - $107,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,829  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,962 - $111,561  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.89 - $40.02  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,962 - $111,561  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.
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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer

Survey results show that Computer Hardware Engineers use a fair number of skills. Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and Engineering Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 14 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Salaries can reach $79K from $64K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $100K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Computer Hardware Engineers tend to earn $120K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 16 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$70,000
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With a pay rate for Computer Hardware Engineers that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+32 percent) and San Francisco (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

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$70,000

Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C++
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$70,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%
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